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1864 March 26: More on General Grant’s Promotions

March 30, 2014

More on General Ulysses S. Grant’s promotions, from the March 26, 1864, issue of The Polk County Press.


NASHVILLE, March 17.—General Grant formally assumed command of the armies of the United States today.  The following is his order on the subject :

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Mar, 17, ’64}

General Order No. 1.—In pursuance of the following order of the President :

“EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, D.C., March 10, 1864.—Under the authority of the act of Congress, to revive the grade of Lieut. General of the United States Army, approved Feb. 20, 1864, Lieut. Gen. Grant, U. S. A., is appointed to the command of the armies of the United States.

(Signed)     A.  LINCOLN.

I assume command of the armies of the United States.  My headquarters will be on the field, and until further orders will be with the Army of the Potomac.

There will be an office headquarters in Washington, D. C., to which all official communications will be sent, except those from the army whose headquarters are at the date of their address.

(Signed)     U. S. GRANT, U. S. A.
Lieut. Gen. Commanding.

Gen. Grant leaves for Washington on Saturday, and repairs immediately to the front.

His staff will be composed of officers formally with him in the military division of the Mississippi. Among them are Brig. Gen. Rawlings, Chief of Staff, Lieut. Col. Bowens, Capt. G. K. Leet, Capt. E. S. Parker, Asst. Adjt. Gerd; Capt. H. W. James, A. Q. M.; Capt, N. R. Odian, Chief of Artillery.

Gen. Sherman, due here to-night, will immediately assume command of this military division.

Rumor also says :  The order appointing the successor of Gen. Meade [George G. Meade], will be issued in a few days.  Burnside [Ambrose E. Burnside] goes to the Department of the South, Fremont [John C. Frémont] to active duty, and Rosecrans [William S. Rosecrans] or Herron [Francis J. Herron] in place of Gen. Thomas [George H. Thomas].  Gen. Wallace [Louis “Lew” Wallace] takes command at Baltimore.

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